Four playoff games in the NHL tonight, all with some experienced officials donning the stripes.  Before we get to tonight’s assignments, here’s some quick stats on the playoff penalty calls so far:

Playoff Officiating Stats

  • Minor Penalties per game:
    • Home teams: 4.4 /gm
    • Road teams: 5.1/gm
  • Minor Penalties By Period:
    • 1st: 3.3/gm
    • 2nd: 3.8/gm
    • 3rd: 3.1/gm
  • Minor Penalties per 60mins
    • Regulation: 9.1 minors per 60
    • Overtime: 4.0 minors per 60
  • Third Period Penalties:
    • Home Teams: 1.3/gm
    • Road Teams: 1.8/gm
  • Overtime Penalties
    • Home Teams: 0.5/gm
    • Road Teams: 0.7/gm

Pittsbugh Penguins at Columbus Blue Jackets – Game 3 – 7:00pm

Steve Kozari #40

  • 4.0 minor penalties per game
  • 11.6 PIM per game
  • Record: PIT 3-2, CBJ 5-0
  • CBJ 8-0 in last 8, 11-3 dating back to ’11
  • Favors home team (15.4% more minors on road team)
  • Home win %: 46.5%
  • Average minors by team:
    • PIT 2.0, Opponents 2.0
      • (Same % calls on PIT/Opp)
    • CBJ 2.4, Opponents 2.4
      • (Same % calls on CBJ/Opp)

Dean Morton #36

  • 3.6 minor penalties per game
  • 11.6 PIM per game
  • Record: PIT 1-1, CBJ 1-3
  • Calls even home/road (4.3% more minors on road team)
  • Home win %: 51.5%
  • Average minors by team:
    • PIT 1.5, Opponents 3.5
      • (2.3x more calls on Opp)
    • CBJ 2.5, Opponents 2.6
      • (5.0% more calls on Opp)

  • Kozari & Morton also worked Game 1 of Wild/Avs
  • Linesmen:  Scott Cherrey #50, Brad Kovachik #71
  • Standby Ref: Brian Pochmara #16

Colorado Avalanche at Minnesota Wild – Game 3 – 7:00pm

Brad Watson #23

  • 3.8 minor penalties per game
  • 10.9 PIM per game
  • Record: COL 1-5, MIN 4-3
  • Avs have lost 5 straight with Watson refereeing.
  • COL is 6-12 over the past 3 seasons when he’s on the ice
  • Favors home team (14.2% more minors on road team)
  • Home win %: 46.5%
  • Average minors by team:
    • COL 1.3, Opponents 1.7
      • (33.3% more calls on Opp)
    • MIN 1.6, Opponents 1.9
      • (17.4% more calls on Opp)

Justin St. Pierre #12

  • 3.7 minor penalties per game
  • 10.4 PIM per game
  • Record: COL 4-2, MIN 2-3
  • Favors home team (16.3% more minors on road team)
  • Home win %: 52.0%
  • Average minors by team:
    • COL 2.8, Opponents 3.1
      • (8.8% more calls on Opp)
    • MIN 1.3, Opponents 2.3
      • (76.9% more calls on Opp)

  • Watson & St. Pierre also worked Game 2 of Stars/Ducks
  • Linesmen:  Shane Heyer #55, Matt MacPherson #83
  • Standby Referee: Tom Kowal #32
  • Supervisor:  Don Van Massenhoven

St. Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks – Game 3 – 8:30pm

Dave Jackson #8

  • 3.9 minor penalties per game
  • 11.8 PIM per game
  • Record: STL 4-1, CHI 1-3
  • Favors home team (7.9% more minors on road team)
  • Home win %: 50.6%
  • Average minors by team:
    • STL 1.2, Opponents 1.7
      • (41.7% more calls on Opp)
    • CHI 1.5, Opponents 1.6
      • (8.3% more calls on Opp)

Dan O’Rourke #9

  • 3.7 minor penalties per game
  • 11.0 PIM per game
  • Record: STL 2-2, CHI 4-3
  • Favors home team (18.4% more minors on road team)
  • Home win %: 60.5%
  • Average minors by team:
    • STL 1.9, Opponents 1.6
      • (13.3% fewer calls on Opp)
    • CHI 2.1, Opponents 1.6
      • (20.7% fewer calls on Opp)

  • Jackson and O’Rourke worked Game 1 of Rangers/Flyers and Game 2 of Jackets/Pens
  • Linesmen:  Bryan Pancich #94, Jay Sharrers #57
  • Standby Referee: Ian Walsh #29

Anaheim Ducks at Dallas Stars – Game 3 – 9:30pm

Brad Meier #34

  • 4.0 minor penalties per game
  • 11.7 PIM per game
  • Record: ANA 2-3, DAL 3-2
  • Favors road team (2.0% fewer minors on road team)
  • Home win %: 47.9%
  • Average minors by team:
    • ANA 2.0, Opponents 1.5
      • (25.0% fewer calls on Opp)
    • DAL 2.5, Opponents 2.8
      • (12.0% more calls on Opp)

Kelly Sutherland #11

  • 3.2 minor penalties per game
  • 9.5 PIM per game
  • Record: ANA 1-3, DAL 2-3
  • Favors home team (7.3% more minors on road team)
  • Home win %: 55.8%
  • Average minors by team:
    • ANA 2.0, Opponents 1.6
      • (18.8% fewer calls on Opp)
    • DAL 1.3, Opponents 2.0
      • (53.8% more calls on Opp)

  • Meier & Sutherland like to pocket their whistles late in games. Just 3 of their 25 calls have come in the third — all against Chicago (one of which was the charging call on Seabrook).
  • Meier and Sutherland worked Game 1 of Kings/Sharks and Game 2 of Hawks/Blues.
  • The duo also officiated the Gold Medal Game at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
  • Linesmen:  David Brisebois #96, Jonny Murray #95
  • Standby Referee: Gord Dwyer #19

 


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